Pete and Sam went to a new Pumpkin Patch this year called Great Country Farms.
Some cool things about this pumpkin patch:
Sam and Pete each got a free apple from the gift shop
The excellent rope maze
The bounce thing
Sam convinced everyone to get the homemade ice cream on the way out
There was some incorrect signage that said you had to take the hayride to the corn maze. After wasting 30 minutes on the "hayride" (just a ploy to make people buy pumpkins), they learned that you walk to the Corn Maze, despite what the sign and map said.
poorly labeled "Craft Area"
Broken exhibits: including Water Maze, overgrown ground maze, giant chess board
Sam is playing flag football this year in the i9 league. He is happy to be on a team with his friends Jackson and Nick from school. They play Saturday mornings at 11am, with practices on Thursday from 6pm-7pm and before the game Saturday from 10am - 11am.
In the photo above are:
Top: Coach Scott Robison (not pictured, Coach Gavin Myers)
Middle: Drake Robison, Jackson Myers, Bradley Gagen, Zachary Matthews, Jack Gagen, Nick Baker
Bottom: Ben Fremin, Sam Berman, Blake McClintock, Mason Corkhill, Keenan McCardell
On Dad's birthday, the family went to "Write Night" at Pete's school (Farmwell Station). It was from 6:30 - 8:00. Pete missed his baseball game to go to Write Night, but it turned out that it was rained out anyhow. Pete also found out that he gets Extra Credit for attending Write Night!
The first activity was called "Silent Conversation". Here is the first page of Dad and Sam's dialogue:
The conversation between Pete and Mom was amusing, since they got into a paper argument. Toward the end they would violently scribble something and slam down their pencil.
Subsequent activities included doing a timeline and sausage poem. There was a bit too much lecturing, and not enough writing, but other than that everyone had a pretty good time.
Afterwards, they all went to the Coney Island Diner for dinner and got some chocolate cake on the way home.